Update on UK coaching search

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Update on UK coaching search

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Dan Hurley reportedly said UK could offer him $20 million a year and he still wouldn't take the job.

Scott Drew of Baylor reportedly said no today.

(But hey, I know another member of the Drew family that would probably take the job if asked...)

Former UK player Mark Pope, now at BYU, is supposedly getting a long look now.
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Re: Update on UK coaching search

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The coach is under a big limelight at UK ... maybe it's a bit too much like the Eye of Sauron for many, with Sauron being the fanbase...
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And the tower is blue.
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UK is not the Blue Light Special!
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Re: Update on UK coaching search

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Mark Pope from BYU appears to be the guy. Sounds like a really good guy. Not sure Big Blue Nation deserves him.
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Re: Update on UK coaching search

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UK fans are melting down about this, even though Pope is an alum. They were all thinking it would be one of the following (several of which were ridiculous):

Dan Hurley
Scott Drew
Nate Oats
Bruce Pearl
Billy Donovan

And today's flavor of the moment among the fanbase, the return of Rick Pitino.
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Re: Update on UK coaching search

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

I just want to point out that this offseason, Vandy and UK both had positions to fill in the coaching carousel ... we are rumored to have whiffed on our first two targets (it sounded like we had offered a couple of people that went elsewhere) ... and we *STILL* came away with a better, more accomplished, higher-profile coach than UK did. LOL

I am still of the opinion that in 3 years, UK fans will have gotten what they deserve for making Cal feel uncomfortable enough to leave. They wanted him gone, and this will be the classic "be careful what you wish for" scenario.
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To be fair re Mark Pope ...

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... his BYU Cougars finished the season at 23-11 (10-8 in the strong Big 12 Conference) and a NET Rating of 12.

This with a roster of mostly 3-star players.

Pope doesn't have the one-and-done attraction of Calipari, but with the resources and tradition of UK he could be putting together a roster of mostly 4-star players. And since he can coach better than Cal, the Cats will probably be very good.
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Pope is probably a good basketball coach but it takes a special individual to withstand the pressure of the Kentucky fan base. Being a player gives him insight, but it's not the same as being the big guy.
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Re: Update on UK coaching search

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ForeverHopeful wrote: Thu Apr 11, 2024 9:28 pm Mark Pope from BYU appears to be the guy. Sounds like a really good guy. Not sure Big Blue Nation deserves him.
Interesting - comparing Pope's resume to Byington's and there is certainly a lot less difference than one would expect for each respective school's new hire. Two tournament appearances at BYU, which is nice but he didn't take over a program that was exactly down, as they had been to the tournament 8 times in 14 seasons of the previous coach, missing 20 wins just once. He did turn around Utah Valley prior to being at BYU.

Contrast this with CJC's resume before going to UK, where he had been to the tournament 7 of his last 8 seasons, reaching the 2nd weekend the final four seasons including a loss in the NC game.
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